Now typing this for the second time (horrible when you hit the wrong button on the keyboard and it deletes everything).
I am a list maker. I have lists for Things To Do, both at home and at work, I have grocery lists, I have lists for what I'm packing when traveling..... I love lists!!
I joined SparkCoach last week and have been tracking, reading, watching, and moving since. Great job Larria! I usually don't get through, but I spent the money this time and I refuse to waste the money. Today I signed in and the coaching video was regarding setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. I started to have a conversation with myself at that point. Imagine the good and evil beings sitting on your shoulders.
One Self: You do that every day by doing your lists
Second Self: You don't every complete those items on your list however
Ah Ha Moment
I pulled all of my lists (yes I'm strange and I file my Things To Do (TTD) lists by month) and sure enough I completed everything else even if it took me a year, but I just kept writing my weight loss goals and not touching them.
Here I was sitting thinking of how I was sabatoging myself. I had to figure out why I didn't work on those goals. Back to my conversation with myself:
One Self: Why aren't you meeting your weight loss goals? Why are you ignoring them?
Second Self: Can't believe you didn't figure this out sooner, it's because you use the weight thing in each of your goals.
AhHa Moment! - Could it be that making my goals just about pounds was holding me back? So how do I fix this. By making S.M.A.R.T. Goals without using weight. Before I started this mental journey my goal was:
I will lose 150 pounds over the next 18 months by tracking my food, movement, water, and following my spark program.
Okay so there were so many things wrong with that. Thank you SparkCoach for making me see where I was hurting myself. Who starts with a goal so large you can't see any type of quick gratification to keep you motivated? Me of course, but I have to change that. The amount and the time frame where just unrealistic. After having my ah ha moment I also made my goal all about weight and that is a big trigger for me to avoid it so that had to be changed as well.
Now my goal is as follows: I will work hard over the next week to track my food, water, and activity every day. I will check in with my SparkCoach daily and track my sleep and mental feelings daily. I will journal how I feel and if I feel any healtheir. I will track my energy levels.
So instead of one goal it is a one week goal with lots of little goals inside it. All specific, but nothing that will sabatage me. All of them can be accomplished just by signing into SparkPeople every day.
I can't fail right? Well the other self says: Anything is possible.
My other self is right, but I've finally created something I can truly check off my list every day. Something that fits into my daily life without taking a huge chunk of time.
I'll keep you posted on how it goes, I truly believe this goal is attainable and I'm off to get it done.
Everyone out there keep Sparking and set yourself some S.M.A.R.T. Goals!